If you’re a legitimate and sought after Division I prospect, a recruiting highlight video is likely not something that you NEED in order to solidify scholarship offers.
However, if you’re part of the majority who will NOT play at the Division I level, getting a recruiting highlight video created to showcase your skills and attributes may be the difference maker in your recruitment. Here are a couple of reasons why you should invest in a recruiting highlight video as well as what you should keep in mind when you are creating your video.
Most programs at the DII level and below have strict budgets that they must follow each year. For a lot of schools, that means a tight travel budget that limits the number of times they can go out and watch players in person – Hotel, Rental, and Flight costs add up quickly.
Due to budgetary restrictions, the highlight video is the most important tool a prospective student-athlete can use when trying to get noticed by colleges. By simply taking the initiative to send coaches your game film it will give coaches the opportunity to SEE you in action FOR FREE. The more time, and money, you can save a small school coaches the better. Sending coaches a recruiting highlight video can be the difference between a coach specifically coming out to see you play or briefly glancing at your name on a college coach packet at an event.
RECRUITS ARE NOT ALL-IN ON HIGHLIGHT VIDEOS…YET
ONLY 3% OF ATHLETES HAVE VIDEO ACCESSIBLE ONLINE FOR COLLEGE COACHES TO VIEW WHILE 100% OF COLLEGE COACHES AGREE THAT VIDEO IS KEY IN EVALUATING A PLAYER.
The biggest and best advantage you can get in your recruiting process RIGHT NOW is to get a recruiting highlight video created and send it to every school that you are interested in or has shown interest in you. Video is becoming an enormous part of the youth basketball scene. However, as much as it is recommended to college prospects to have, college prospects are still missing the ball on this simple and easy tool.
RECRUITING HIGHLIGHT VIDEOS ARE FOR COLLEGE COACHES…NOT LIKES!
This seems like an obvious statement, but many players get caught up in the flash of a highlight video and completely misuse the screen time they might be able to get with a college coach when they hit play. College coaches DO NOT care about the music soundtrack, the number of ankles you’ve broken, or how nice your “Jelly Fam” layup package is. They want to see if you can PLAY BASKETBALL THE RIGHT WAY. Some areas that should be included in your video, in no particular order, are:
- Defense – Can you defend your position?
- Shooting – Are you a two-dimensional (Drive Right, Drive Left) or three-dimensional player (Shoot, Drive Right, Drive Left?
- Passing – Can you make passing reads and get the ball in the right spots with the right timing?
- Finishing – Can you make contested layups?
- Moving Without the Ball – Do you stand around when you don’t have the ball or are you trying to create opportunities for your team by making purposeful cuts?
- Rebounding – Depending on your position, this will be more important for certain players than others.
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